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The Process 

This Arts and Culture Plan provides an invaluable tool for the design and implementation of public policy that supports and develops the arts, culture, and entertainment Citywide. The Civic Arts Program along with the Civic Arts Commission  worked with the consulting agency, ArtsMarket, to initiate and implement the first steps towards creating a complete and comprehensive Cultural Plan. Below is a comprehensive list of the process undertaken to develop this Plan.

  • Creation of the Arts and Culture Plan Advisory Committee, comprising a broad range of arts groups and artists, to advise the Arts Commission on all aspects of the Plan.

  • Hiring the ArtsMarket consulting firm to assist the Civic Arts Coordinator, Commission, and Advisory Committee to work with the community to develop the Plan. 

  • Conducting in-person interviews with a wide spectrum of artists and representatives of arts groups of all sizes and types, to determine their needs and desires for what an Arts and Culture Plan should comprise.  Establishment of an interactive survey on the City’s Web site, to encourage Berkeley citizens to express their opinions about the constitution of the Plan. 

  • Four public meetings held in various sections of Berkeley, attracting approximately 150 people to discuss their impressions of what is good about the arts in Berkeley, and what could be done to improve the situation for artists, arts organizations, and the citizenry generally in the perception and reality of the arts in Berkeley. 

  • Submission of a summary report from ArtsMarket, with their recommendations of goals and implementation strategies, intended as a starting point for continued input and dialogue by arts workers, residents, and civic leaders. 

    Click here to view more information on the ArtsMarket document- 
     The Berkeley Cultural Needs Assessment and Findings With Recommendations for the Berkeley Cultural Plan

  • Establishment of a Subcommittee of the Arts and Culture Plan Advisory Committee, charged with developing a process that will lead to a draft Plan, and a timetable for submission of that draft to the Advisory Committee, the Arts Commission, through public hearings, and finally to the City Council for its consideration and adoption. 


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